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Tuesday, April 11 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Look to Queensland: What you can learn from Australia’s fastest improving educational system

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As educators look to the world’s top-performing systems, such as Finland, in an attempt to capture and replicate their success, a lesser-known success story has been unfolding in Queensland, Australia. 

The release of Australia’s first national standardised testing results in 2008 represented a crisis point for Queensland, whose students were shown to be the second-lowest performing – in virtually all categories – across the nation. In the weeks and months that followed, the Queensland Department of Education charted a course to school and system improvement that now sees it the fastest improving jurisdiction in the nation, and one of the fastest improving systems worldwide.

 Every change along the Queensland school improvement journey has been based on evidence and contemporary knowledge about what works best to improve school performance. The agenda has been precise, targeted, and supported by system architecture and resourcing to ensure its long term impact.

Most importantly, this improvement journey has been documented so that its lessons can be shared and scaled-up. Patrea Walton and Tracy Corsbie, leaders of this journey at the centre and the school-level, respectively, will share the story of Queensland’s greatest achievements - such as closing the attainment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous high school students – and the next stage of their journey, which includes taking 1,239 state school leaders on a guided cycle of inquiry to address educational challenges within their own schools.

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Tracy Corsbie

Tracy Corsbie has been the Regional Director, Department of Education and Training North Coast Region for the last three years. Tracy most recently served as Executive Principal North Lakes State College; a large P-12 Independent Public school. She has worked in both primary and secondary education settings over the last 38 years along with leading several state wide initiatives. During 2004, Tracy’s state wide role as Champion of Middle... Read More →
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Patrea Walton

A commitment to the vision of every student succeeding has driven Patrea Walton on a career-long journey in education, which began at a chalkboard in a rural Queensland state school and has included service as a teacher, principal, supervisor of schools, as CEO of the state's curriculum and assessment authority, and now as Deputy Director-General responsible for the operations and performance of Queensland’s 1,239 State Schools. With... Read More →

Tuesday April 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
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